Motorcyclist killed in Massachusetts Turnpike crash

Another fatal accident has occurred on the Massachusetts Turnpike. This time an accident involving a motorcycle has claimed the life of a Northborough man. The accident occurred close to 1:30 a.m. on Sunday near the Weston line, Massachusetts State Police said.

Police report that the 40-year-old man was killed after he collided with another motorcycle and was thrown off his bike, landing in the path of a car that was traveling ahead of both cyclists. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other motorcycle was driven by a 39-year-old man from Springfield who was also ejected off his bike. He suffered serious injuries and was transported to the MetroWest Hospital in Framingham. It does not appear that anyone else was injured in the accident.

Police continue to investigate the accident, but believe speed may have been a factor in the fatal collision. Divisions of the Natick Fire Department and officials from the Massachusetts Department of Highway Transportation were also at the scene.

Last week, another fatal accident took place in almost the exact same spot on the Pike. That single-vehicle accident took the life of a 6-year-old Framingham girl and left a 5-year-old and female driver in the hospital after their car crossed over the oncoming lane, jumped over an embankment and flipped three times before coming to a stop.

Motor vehicle accidents are all too common in Massachusetts, with its densely populated roads and sometimes poor road conditions. This is why it is important to always use caution while driving and to always use safety belts. Not only is buckling up the law, it can also save your life.

Source: Northborough Patch, “UPDATE: Cyclist Killed on Mass Pike,” Alissa Letkowski, 6/19/2011.